The United States has a 22-man roster for their June friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany. Jurgen Klinsmann has tapped most of his first team for the matches, led by Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones, but there are some notable absences, like Clint Dempsey.
In addition to Dempsey, Klinsmann has chosen to leave Omar Gonzalez off of the team despite his phenomenal form for the LA Galaxy. Meanwhile, Jozy Altidore and Geoff Cameron are out with injuries. Part of Klinsmann's thinking with this roster could be to leave some MLS players that he doesn't feel a need to evaluate further at home because they will be called in for the Gold Cup and taking them away from their clubs in both June and July is a bit much.
Among the surprise inclusions on the team are Brad Evans and Bobby Wood. Evans hasn't been with the team in a while and has had a rough time in his transition to centerback with the Seattle Sounders. Meanwhile, Wood hasn't shown much in his spells with the national team, but he's going to get another look.
Klinsmann has been building towards the Gold Cup for nearly a year now. He's experimented with systems and tactics, as well as players. The tournament is now a month away and this is his last chance to tae chances before the matches start to count. While winning would be nice, this summer is about the Gold Cup and he'll surely take another knock or two in June, then use the Gold Cup group stage to tighten things up if it means they're ready to go by the knockout stages in July.
The U.S. will take on the Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam at 2:30 p.m. ET in a match that will be shown on ESPN. Five days later, they will be in Cologne, where they will square off against Germany at 2:45 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)